Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Attached to the semicircular canals, the utricle is a membranous pouch located in the inner ear. Like the cochlea that has hair cells that convert vibrations into electrical impulses, the utricle also contain sensitive hair cells which detect the different degrees of tilting of the head, contributing to the sense of balance. The utricle and the saccule are both otolith organs contained in the inner ear.